It’s time for the second installment of Lauren’s Lessons Learned! This week I focus on one thing I particularly learned: being in the mood to write/edit is important.
So I tried this thing where I would write and/or edit my novel every single day until it is done. It went great for 11 days until I just was not in the mood to edit my novel. And this came after a day where I just made changes electronically from what I had marked up physically, just to check that day off.
And you know what? I don’t see what the huge deal is if I don’t write/edit every single day. Because honestly, I would much rather save edits to be done when I want and love them, not when I am forcing them down my throat.
Yes, I realize that it is important to do these things when you have a deadline, but I don’t. And If I get more editing done in one day than I would have across three days in my “write every day” mode, then I would call that a success. I also think that I will make better decisions and produce better work if I am in the mood to do it. Otherwise it is just working to get work done and that isn’t always the best way to accomplish things.
I think what I need is a good method to create goals for myself so that I have more motivation to work on my novel other than to get it publishable. Because that is the ultimate end goal, and it is always nice to have minor goals in the mean time.
If you have something to motivate yourself, I would love to hear it!